What is the likely shape of the library of the Future?
And how do we build collections for it?

Fiesole Collection Development Retreat Series

Fiesole 2016
April 7-8, 2016

Casalini Libri
Fiesole (Florence), Italy

Theme: 21st Century Information Strategies: Impact, Innovation and Independence

The eighteenth meeting of the Fiesole Retreat finds us 15% into the 21st century. The digital revolution has been a fact of our lives this entire time. At this meeting we will look at the impact of the revolution thus far. What changes have the first 15 years brought to scholarly communication and the accessibility of research data? What are the striking innovations that have changed the way scholars interact? In the tidal wave of information available electronically, how do we find what we need? What value do we give to the unique or less marketable scholarly output? What are the tools to monitor, measure, and determine the value of our intellectual output? Why should we care about managing our professional reputations? How do we protect our privacy, in the midst of overwhelming amounts of data, both personal and professional? Are we developing business models and funding sources that will sustain us for the 85% of the 21st century still ahead of us? We plan to answer some questions, and inevitably find more to ask.


Wednesday, April 6

 La Badia Fiesolana / Sala del Basolato, Piazza Mino 24


Dinner Open / On your Own
10:00 - 11:30
Optional Event
Tour the EUI campus and the EUI Library
11:30 - 12:30
Registration Open / Buffet Lunch
Hosted by EUI
Location: La Badia Fiesolana
12:30 - 12:45
The E-Book Elephant
Even as e-books are becoming more available, accepted, and prevalent in library settings, they pose some of today’s biggest challenges for information producers and providers. The inspiration for this session comes from the old story, said to have originated in India, of “The Blind Men and the Elephant.” In various versions, a group of blind men feel the elephant, each touching only one part. Afterwards they compare their experiences, finding out that no one has described the same beast. Per the Wikipedia entry, “the stories differ primarily in how the elephant’s body parts are described, how violent the conflict becomes and how (or if ) the conflict is resolved. In some versions, they stop talking, start listening and collaborate to ‘see’ the full elephant.” In this preconference session, six speakers, from diverse perspectives, offer their views of the e-book creature. Our goal is to identify areas not only of disagreement but also of potential collaboration and inspiration.
Bus Transfer to Conference venue: Sala del Basolato, Piazza Mino 24
  • Convener

    Ann Okerson
    Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies, Center for Research Libraries
  • James O’Donnell
    University Librarian, Arizona State University
    The Reader and the E-book
  • Eileen Gardiner
    Publisher, Italica Press, Inc.
    Ronald G. Musto
    Publisher, Italica Press, Inc.
    The Scholarly Publisher and the E-book
  • Sven Fund
    Managing Director, FullStopp Society for Digitality
    The Business Side of the E-book
  • Lauren Schoenthaler
    Senior University Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Stanford University
    Legal Aspects of the E-book
  • Wolfgang Mayer
    Head, eResource Management, Vienna University Library
    The Librarian and the E-book
  • Ronald Schild
    CEO, MVB Marketing – und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH
    The E-book on Steroids
16:30 - 17:00
Q&A: Panel Discussion
17:30 - 19:00
Hosted by Casalini Libri
Location: Villa La Torrossa

Thursday, April 7

 Sala del Basolato, Piazza Mino 24


08:30 - 09:00
Registration Open
09:00 - 09:10
  • Rebecca Lenzini
    Co-Founder, The Fiesole Retreat Series
    Michele Casalini
    Co-Founder, The Fiesole Retreat Series
  • Josep Torn
    Library Director, European University Institute Library
09:15 - 10:00
Opening Keynote
  • Roland "Roly" Keating
    Chief Executive, The British Library
    Living Knowledge: The British Library’s Future Vision
10:00 - 10:30
Sponsored by Elsevier
10:30 - 12:00
Session One
How Can We Find What We Need?
We are drowning in data. How can we help our users to find it and make the best use of it by linking it to other resources? Do the discovery tools that are currently available really work, and how are they being used in the academic environment? What are the consequences for publishers who are not adopting discovery tools or implementing standards?
  • Convener

    Helen Henderson
    Information Power Ltd
  • Graham Stone
    Information Resources Manager, Computing and Library Services, University of Huddersfield
    Leveling the Playing Field: Why We Need Resource Discovery Tools
  • Todd Carpenter
    Managing Director, NISO
    Without Standards None of These Systems Work
  • Gaëlle Béquet
    Director, ISSN International Centre
    ISSN: A Key Identifier Poised for Innovation
12:00 - 12:30
Q&A: Panel Discussion
12:30 - 13:30
Sponsored by @Cult
Location: Ristorante Perseus
13:30 - 16:00
Session Two
Managing and Measuring Reputation
New digital tools such as social media, big data analysis, and self-publishing give us insights into how scholarly work is received by peers. These tools allow researchers to collaborate more effectively and extend their reach beyond traditional publications. This session will look at why reputation is important, how it comes about, how it is measured, and how it changes the way scholars work.
  • Convener

    Martha Whittaker
    American Society for Microbiology

    Hazel Woodward
    Information Power Ltd
  • Andrea Bonaccorsi
    ANVUR (Italian Agency for Evaluation of Research)
    Why Do I Care About My Reputation?
  • Lorraine Estelle
    Project Director, COUNTER
    Counting on Your Reputation
  • Charlie Rapple
    Making Your Reputation Visible: a View from the Lab Bench
  • Sara Rouhi
    Head of Business Development, North America, Altmetric
    Facilitating Conversations Around Scholarly Literature
16:00 - 16:30
Q&A: Panel Discussion
16:30 - 17:30
Hot Topics Round Table
Optional / Location: TBA
19:00 - 22:00
Conference Dinner
Location: Villa San Michele
  • Michael Keller
    University Librarian, Director of Academic Information Resources, Founder of HighWire Press, Publisher of Stanford University Press

Friday, April 8

 Sala del Basolato, Piazza Mino 24


09:00 - 10:25
Session Three
Building Blocks for New Business Models
  • Convener

    Anthony Watkinson
    Honorary Lecturer University College London and Principal Consultant CIBER Research
  • Stephen Rhind-Tutt
    President, Alexander Street Press USA
    Library Business Models: Where Are We Headed and Who Will Benefit?
  • Frances Pinter
    Manchester University Press and Knowledge Unlatched UK
    Establishing Trust in New Business Models
  • Mimi Calter
    Associate University Librarian & Chief of Staff, Stanford University Libraries
    New Publication Models: Persistence and Peer Review
  • Toby Green
    Head of Publishing, OECD
    Why the Future Will Be Freemium
  • Daniel Schiff
    Senior Vice President, Thieme Verlag Germany
    What is OA Worth?
11:45 - 12:15
Q&A: Panel Discussion
12:15 - 12:45
  • David Worlock
    Digital Information Services Strategist and Co-Chair, OutsellLeadership Councils
12:45 - 14:00
Light Luncheon
14:30 - 17:30
Optional Event
Visit to the new Opera Duomo Museum, reopened last October and completely renovated: it is quite impressive and has unusual views on the Dome. It can be combined with a visit to the Baptistry of San Giovanni, which we will see in a special opening to the women’s galleries.
Estimated cost: 50.00 € per person (for groups of 20).
(Speaker Travel and General Conference Support Sponsored by SAGE)


For further information about the Retreat Series please contact Katina Strauch, Rebecca Lenzini or Michele Casalini.


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